I never thought that almost two years later I would be yet again posting about Covid-19. Who would have thought we would still be in the clutches of this pandemic, in the midst of yet another lockdown?
How does one maintain one’s composure, one’s equilibrium during these challenging, difficult times? Everybody, to some degree or another, has been affected by this seemingly pandemic. It induces anxiety, depression, isolation, frustration. For me personally, I find that my ‘life force’ and my motivation are at a low ebb; my ‘joie de vivre’ has, in large part, been extinguished.
What I need to keep reminding myself of is the following:
i) At some point life will return to normal. Indeed, many pundits believe that the Omicron wave could be the pandemic’s last stand. Historically, pandemics run their course after two to three years;
ii) I am not alone. Once again, my feelings of angst are shared by most people. I need to get out of my own head and empathize with all others who are struggling as much as me.
iii) I need to practice gratitude. I need to be grateful for things I often take for granted: I have good friends; I still have work to be done; I can pay my bills.
I think a trick to surviving this dystopian era is to try to maintain ‘normal’ when all around is anything but. Maintain regular sleeping hours. Maintain regular eating habits. Get up in the morning, get showered and dressed and maintain your normal routines as much as possible. If normal routines are no longer possible, develop new, healthy routines. Even if one feels that there is not much point of getting out of bed in the morning, I think it is important to ‘fake it until you make it’.
In preparation for World War II, the British government produced a motivational poster to raise the morale of the British public. The slogan: “keep calm and carry on”. This slogan encapsulates the type of stoicism, the ‘stiff upper lip’ approach to times of adversity for which the British were renowned.
We are in times of adversity. The most any of us can do is to keep calm and carry on; and live our lives one day at a time, secure in the knowledge that, with time, life will improve.